Finally, here is part 2 of the 4 part post about visiting Paris. My second day in Paris was dedicated to seeing Notre Dame and looking for a few gifts to take home. I know it’s not news, but the Metro stops are beautiful. Especially if you have a thing for art Nouveau like me. I didn’t see nearly enough of of Paris’s unique Nouveau architecture but I did find this gem when I got off the train in Ile de la Cité.
Feeling peckish and knowing I was facing a big crowd (not my favorite thing in the world), I stopped at a street cafe and discovered the croque-monsieur. It was the first food I tried to replicate when I got home. My attempt was okay, but not quite as tasty. It might of had something to do with the river view I enjoyed while I ate it…
My destination was a few blocks down the street. The crowd was big but not suffocating, and I spent some time admiring the Cathedral’s impressive architecture. I enjoy history, and to stand before a building that is almost 1000 years old is just mind boggling to me.
Stepping inside, I could understand why people are amazed by its size and grandeur.
The stained glass windows left me speechless.
To think that these were made by skilled hands 850 years ago. They’ve survived both World Wars. They’ve shed their colored rays on the coronation of French Royalty from Henry the Fourth of England in 1431 to Napoleon I in 1804.
As I stood taking photos of the exterior gardens, the bells began ringing. Talk about the right place at the right time! I only had video capability on my camera, but it I had to record it!
And my favorite picture I took the whole trip! This made up for the mostly dark and blurry photos I took inside the Cathedral. I did add a lock. I now feel guilty about it.
Up next, the husband and I visit the Eiffel Tower at night, and we have the best beer we’ve ever had.